Hanging a guitar on a wall is a statement. It could mean so many things… things like “I play guitar,” or “this guitar means a lot to my family and I,” or even “in this house we love music.” Just one guitar can make quite a profound statement, but what happens when there are 1700 of them…
Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, TN can essentially outline American history with guitars. Songbirds Museum chronicles history by using guitars to tell stories. Nothing offers such direct cultural commentary than the very instruments some of the most groundbreaking music was played on.
The Songbirds collection has around 1700 guitars and most of the guitars in the collection are true vintage instruments and quite rare. From one off instruments made by some of the leading instrument makers in history, to prototypes that never hit the streets, all the way to highly sought after rarities, this museum is chocked full of guitar geek goodness.
From floor to ceiling this museum is covered in guitars in magnificent display cases. Cases that allow you to get up close to the guitars to see the finish wear, the unique colors, and the mojo that each and every instrument has.
This guitar geek vacation destination was brought to our attention from Acoustic Tuesday viewer, Terry B. He says this of the museum: “This museum experience blows my mind with the history! The studio experience is nifty if you have the cash!”
If any of you guitar geeks are planning a vacation this place needs to be on your list. It truly seems to be an immersive experience that any guitar geek would appreciate.
Going to this place seems like a pilgrimage that at some point or another every guitar geek must make. Just be sure to bring a drool rag of sorts and of course your camera because there are some true dandies in this collection.
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